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    Are these sentences correct:

    1-Everybody starts going downhill sooner or later, but my time start going downhill isn't now.
    2-Everybody starts going downhill sooner or later, but my time isn't now.

    I guess "1" is too long and repetitive but is "2" comprehensible?

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    Re: time

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Are these sentences correct:

    1-Everybody starts going downhill sooner or later, but my time to start going downhill isn't now.
    2-Everybody starts going downhill sooner or later, but my time isn't now.

    I guess "1" is too long and repetitive but is "2" comprehensible?
    Number 1 is a bit wordy and you had a missing word (which I've added). Number 2 is comprehensible, yes, but I'm not sure it's the best way to word it.

    Everybody starts going downhill sooner or later, but it isn't my time yet.

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    Re: time

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Are these sentences correct:

    1-Everybody starts going downhill sooner or later, but my time start going downhill isn't now.
    2-Everybody starts going downhill sooner or later, but my time isn't now.

    I guess "1" is too long and repetitive but is "2" comprehensible?
    One alternative: Everyone starts going downhill sooner or later, but my time hasn't arrived.

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    Re: time

    'Going downhill' is an idiom which means to get worse.
    I know the sentence is talking about aging.
    If this is the case, shouldn't we say 'going downhill physically'?

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    Re: time

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    'Going downhill' is an idiom which means to get worse.
    I know the sentence is talking about aging.
    If this is the case, shouldn't we say 'going downhill physically'?
    I would take the sentence to mean either aging, or worsening in health (yes, probably due to aging!) and "physically" would make it clearer but I don't think it's completely necessary. The context of the piece probably helped.

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